Eastern Sierra Land Trust is gathering Eastside conservation supporters this month for the 11th annual Lands & Legacy Celebration. This year, attendees will soak in the magic of our region’s incredible landscape during Labor Day weekend, from August 30th through September 1st. The weekend’s events will kick off with a benefit dinner on Friday, followed by a Saturday and Sunday spent exploring and learning about protected lands in the Eastern Sierra. This event has been a great positive force for conservation in our region for a decade now, and this year’s events are predicted to keep that tradition alive.
Eastern Sierra Land Trust and their supporters work with willing landowners to safeguard wild and working special lands for humans and wildlife alike – for today, and for future generations. They work to protect wide open spaces that provide sage-grouse, pronghorn, and mule deer with migration pathways and access to food, water and shelter. In addition to protecting wild lands, Eastern Sierra Land Trust works to protect our working lands – local ranches and farms – because they keep critical Eastern Sierra land open for wildlife while also contributing abundantly to our community.
Eastern Sierra Land Trust has now successfully protected nearly 15,000 acres of critical wildlife habitat, historic and agricultural resources, and scenic vistas. In recognition of this awesome conservation success, Mammoth Mountain will be hosting this year’s benefit dinner at their stunning Parallax Restaurant on Friday, August 30th from 5-8 p.m. The evening will feature a fine dinner, an open bar, and a lively Paddle Raise where guests can champion causes that will have a major impact on the future of our region.
Dinner attendees will also join two new guided tours this year, which take place on Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st. During each tour, guests will learn about the rich history and ecology of Bridgeport Valley while soaking in striking views.
During Saturday’s tour, “A Stroll Along Buckeye Creek”, guests will walk through beautiful aspen groves teeming with wildlife while they learn about fascinating historical connections between the Buckeye Creek area and the ghost town of Bodie. During Sunday’s tour, “Songbirds in Bear Heaven”, guests will explore an exquisite corner of recently-protected land in Bridgeport Valley – Sceirine Point Ranch. As they explore Green Creek and the surrounding light-dappled forests, they will learn about how this ranch creates healthy homes for wildlife while contributing abundantly to our community. Each of these tours will begin at 9 a.m. at Mono Lake Park.
Lands & Legacy tax-deductible tickets are now available for $125 per person, and can be reserved by visiting eslt.org or by calling 760-873-4554. Space is limited and tickets are almost sold out.
Eastern Sierra Land Trust works with willing landowners to conserve vital lands in the Eastern Sierra for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historical and watershed values. To learn more about ESLT’s ongoing work and how to get involved, please visit www.eslt.org.